One-size-fits-all policy doesn't work in battling this health crisis
At this writing, the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S. is 42,425.
This is just a little higher than the number of deaths in the U.S. each year from auto accidents.
It's no mystery how to reduce those 40,000 auto accident deaths to zero. Simply prohibit driving.
How many Americans would agree to this?
Not many. Most Americans prefer their freedom and the benefits they get from driving, and are prepared to accept the risks associated with driving.
If there were a million traffic-related deaths each year, for sure Americans would become less wedded to their cars and more open to intrusive regulations that would make it much more difficult to drive.
When the news first broke about COVID-19, we were hearing estimates of a death toll of 2 million-plus for the United States. Knowledge of the nature of this threat was very limited.
There was great fear of waves of casualties, and of hospitals without space and equipment to deal with patients.
Under these emergency circumstances, many were open to compromising their freedom and agreeing to lockdown policies.
But the picture has changed dramatically. By the end of March, Dr. Anthony Fauci was estimating 100,000 to 200,000 deaths, and less than two weeks ago, he revised this to 60,000.